It's likely that no one will get their hands on Georges St-Pierre's UFC welterweight title belt before the end of 2012, but the race for the interim strap could be epic. The contenders lining up behind Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit should make the 170-pound division the most entertaining in the sport in 2012.
With his devastating victory over Jon Fitch, Johny Hendricks made sure he got a spot in the race. Hendricks, who's only career loss is a close decision against fellow contender Rick Story, pleased some in UFC management by making quick work of Jon Fitch in just 12 seconds.
Yahoo! Sports' MMA expert Kevin Iole joined myself following the festivities at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to talk about Hendricks' place in the division and what may be next.
After undergoing surgery for a torn ACL, GSP is out until late-2012. Condit and Diaz will fight for the interim UFC welterweight title belt at UFC 143 in early February.